What is it in your mural work that is truly you? - something about the the subject matter, process or thinking that speaks to your personality or story!
My mural pieces tend to echo the work that I am creating in other areas of my art making. Often laced with nostalgia, a cocktail of upbeat appearance and melancholy undertones. In my large scale pieces I like to celebrate negative space. I like how the unpainted areas around marks that I make are no longer just unpainted parts of a wall, instead they become a deliberate and important piece in the work.
What's something not a lot of people know about you?
I can sleep on demand. I don’t mean to say that I’m really into sleeping, because I could take it or leave it, it’s just something I can do. Narcolepsy for life ya’ll! Oh and I don’t really sneeze… I hold them in so that my brain explodes a bit every time. I figure that cant be a good thing, but unfortunately it is a thing and it probably explains a lot.
Would you say your work has a consistent tone or message?
Like most artists my work is always evolving and shifting in some way. That said I would say that juxtapositions of themes and imagery are quite a constant in my work to date. So for example you might find an image or text illustrating something a little dark or morose that will be positioned alongside soft pastel colours and representations of things that are perceived as pretty or feminine. I like that relationship and how it levels things out and sheds new light on old perceptions.
Why do you think art in public space is important to a community?
I believe that public art is powerful and important. It brings colour, interest, thought, opinion, escape, joy, variety and storytelling to a community. I think it is a gift from the hands of it’s creator which has the power to touch and enrich people, even if they aren't quite aware that it has done so.
Tell us about any recent projects you have been involved with that you would be keen to do more of.
I have been working collaboratively with some great creative brands and companies for the last little while. Some of these relationships are ongoing such as my work with Mambo and McTavish Surfboards. I really love working with both of these brands and am excited for what we can create together in the year ahead.
I have also been working on some fun large pieces, murals and interiors projects which I really enjoy and it would be great to explore more of this. I have a strong interest in interior spaces and vintage furniture and design and how art can relate and speak to all of these things. I hope to work on more projects which allow me to explore this further.